Phaedra Trethan, @CP_Phaedra 1:21 p.m. EDT March 31, 2016
CAMDEN - A switch in vendors has meant improved water service in the City of Camden, a state comptroller's report found.
The report, issued Thursday by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), recalled a 2009 audit that found the city's contract with United Water LLC contained examples of mismanagement that were costing millions of taxpayer dollars. The city's new contract with American Water, which took effect Jan. 31, implemented in full or in part 19 of the audit's 23 recommendations, resulting in improved services.
"The operation and maintenance of the City of Camden's water services is significantly better than it was when we conducted our audit in 2009," said Philip James Degnan, Acting State Comptroller. "I am encouraged by the improvements the City has made, as well as its continued commitment to further progress."
All OSC reports, including the 2009 audit of Camden's water and wastewater collection system, are available on the office's website, www.nj.gov/comptroller.